Who is Laura San Giacomo?
Laura San Giacomo is an American actress who is best known for playing Cynthia in the movie ‘Sex, Lies, and Videotape,’ Kit De Luca in the flick ‘Pretty Woman’ and Maya Gallo in NBC’s sitcom ‘Just Shoot Me’. A two-time Golden Globe Award nominee, Giacomo is also known for appearing in the dramas ‘Saving Grace’ and ‘NCIS’. Born to a paper mill owner, she discovered her passion for acting while attending high school. Following graduation from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, she went on to act in several theatre productions and eventually landed roles in films and television. Since then, the hard-working actress has been routinely seen on the small and the big screen, performing challenging roles. A mother of one behind the curtains, Giacomo has been married twice. Her second marriage is to actor Matt Adler, who she wed in the year 2000. Besides acting, Giacomo likes horseback riding, ice skating, gymnastics, ballet dancing, tennis, and golf.
Childhood & Early Life
Laura San Giacomo was born on November 14, 1962, in West Orange, New Jersey, USA to John, a paper mill owner, and Mary Jo. She studied at Morris Knolls High School and later earned her fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
Following graduation, she moved to New York and began performing in plays including ‘Wrong Turn’ at Lungfish, ‘Three Sisters,’ and ‘Beirut.’ She was also featured in regional productions of Shakespeare's ‘As You Like It’, ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
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Laura San Giacomo first landed a guest role in the 1988 TV series ‘Crime Story’. The following year, she was cast as Cynthia Patrice Bishop in ‘Sex, Lies, and Videotape’, an independent drama film about a troubled guy who videotapes girls discussing their lives and sexuality.
Giacomo’s performance in ‘Sex, Lies, and Videotape’ garnered positive reviews and earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination as well as a BAFTA award nomination for best supporting actress.
In the ensuing years, she had roles in the films ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘Vital Signs’, ‘Quigley Down Under’, ‘Once Around’ and ‘Under Suspicion’. ‘Pretty Woman’ was a blockbuster and ended up grossing $463 million at the box office.
In the year 1992, the actress played the role of an interviewer in ‘Where the Day Takes You’. Two years later, she appeared in the TV series ‘The Stand’ and also starred in the lead role in the comedy flick ‘Nina Takes a Lover’.
She next featured as Lydia in ‘Suicide Kings’, a crime comedy thriller also starring Christopher Walken, Sean Patrick Flanery, Denis Leary, Johnny Galecki and Jay Mohr.
In 2005, Giacomo played the role of Flo Applebaum in Jeff Hare’s feature film ‘Checking Out’ and of Joanna Lang in ‘Havoc’, a crime drama movie about the lives of rich Los Angeles teenagers who imitate the gangster lifestyle.
In 2006, she featured in three episodes of the series ‘Veronica Mars’. From 2007 to 2010, she portrayed the character of Rhetta Rodriguez in the drama ‘Saving Grace’. During this time, the actress also made appearance in an episode each of ‘In Plain Sight’, ‘The Defenders’ and ‘Medium’.
She had a minor role in the feature-length crime drama film ‘Few Options’ in 2011. Then in 2012, Giacomo starred as Jolene in ‘Least Among Saints’, a drama film directed by, written by, and starring Martin Papazian along with other artistes like Tristan Lake Leabu and Charles S. Dutton.
The American beauty was cast in the role of TV Mom in ‘The Meddler’. The film is about an aging and lonely widow, who, along with her daughter, moves to Los Angeles with the hope of restarting her life. Although she initially begins interfering in her daughter’s life, she ultimately ends up assisting other people who need her help more.
In 2016, Giacomo joined the cast of the drama series ‘NCIS’ as Dr. Grace Confalone. A year later, she began playing Morgan Wilson in the series ‘Animal Kingdom’.
From 1997 to 2003, Giacomo played Maya Gallo in NBC’s ‘Just Shoot Me’, a sitcom about the staff at the fictional fashion magazine ‘Blush.’ Her performance in the show earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination as well as a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actress.
Family & Personal Life
Laura San Giacomo is of Italian origin. She is a cousin of Torry Castellano of the rock group The Donnas.
From 1990 to 1998, Giacomo was married to actor Cameron Dye. The couple has a son named Mason who has cerebral palsy.
Since 2000, she has been married to actor Matt Adler.
Laura is a strong supporter of charitable causes, especially those related to disabilities.
She is the founder of CHIME Charter Elementary School. Launched in 2001, this school in Woodland Hills, California, offers free public education to kids and admits them through a lottery system.